Tour de France Underway

Lance Armstrong started much better this year in the prologue individual time trial than last year.  I was ecstatic when he posted a 10th place finish in 2009, as it was hard to gauge his fitness after a long time away from professional cycling.

Fast forward to 2010, and Lance finished a strong 4th in the time trial, 22 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara.  While Fabian may profess his dream to win the Tour, he has no legitimate chance.  A great time trialist, but a horrible climber.

Tony Martin and David Millar finished second and third, but neither poses a challenge to Lance, IMO.  Alberto Contador, the top contendor, finished 6th, 5 seconds behind Lance.

Alessandro Petachhi won Stage 1 after an odd crash coming down to the finish line.  He’s probably the least likely sprinter to notch a stage win on a course like yesterday’s.

Stage 2 is going on now, with a dangerous stage 3 on the cobblestones tomorrow.

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